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Weekend Read: School Lunches

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:45
Pennsylvania officials came under fire this week when they attempted to collect money owed for school lunches in one of the poorest districts in the state.

Identity Dixie Leaders Helped Plan Deadly Rally

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 09:42
Behind the shield of anonymity, members of a neo-Confederate hate group appeared to have emerged without consequences for their participation in a deadly Virginia rally. But that shield has vanished.

Family of Herbert Lee to visit Civil Rights Memorial that honors his sacrifice

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 06:20
Clifton Franklin was a high school football running back who – at 16 – wanted to play in a big game between Louisiana rivals. His mother, however, had other plans.

SPLC: Resuming barbaric practice of federal executions serves no useful purpose

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 13:27
The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that it plans to resume the executions of people who are awaiting the death penalty in federal prisons, ending nearly two decades in which the federal government had not imposed capital punishment.

More families seek damages for harm suffered due to Trump administration’s family separations

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 06:28
After seeking asylum from Guatemala at a port of entry in 2017, M.C.L. and his 7-year-old son spent two days in various cells where the temperature was kept extremely cold, with only a thin blanket and a single mattress to share.

SPLC: Trump administration plan to kick millions off food stamps is ‘cruel and arbitrary’

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 07:43
The Trump administration announced a plan this week that would “tighten” the rules governing who qualifies for food stamps, a move that would likely take basic food provisions away from about 3 million people.

Weekend Read: Racism is Killing Black Americans

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 08:27
Racism affects every aspect of American life – none more so than our medical system.

John Tanton's Legacy

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:24
John Tanton, the racist architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement, has left behind a legacy that spawned more than a dozen nativist organizations, driven an anti-immigrant agenda for four decades, and found friends in the White House.

Retaking Everything: The Story of Identity Dixie

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:34
A small Facebook campaign predicated on keeping Confederate monuments in place has morphed into a group of more than 200 ardent, secretive separatists planning to make the South a separate nation. And Hatewatch has learned the identities of some of the group’s leaders and members.

SPLC sues Trump administration over new rule that makes migrants who pass through other countries ineligible for asylum

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:31
The SPLC and its partners filed a lawsuit and an emergency motion this week seeking to block a new Trump administration rule that categorically bars asylum for migrants who cross the southern border without applying for and being denied asylum in any country that they pass through on their way to the U.S.

SPLC sues Florida officials over law requiring police to act as ICE agents

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 11:52
The SPLC and its partners sued top Florida officials today over a new state law that requires local police to act as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Federal magistrate judge recommends $14 million in damages to Jewish woman targeted in neo-Nazi harassment campaign

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 15:02
Federal Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch issued a ruling today recommending that Andrew Anglin, publisher of a major neo-Nazi website, should pay more than $14 million in damages to Tanya Gersh, the Whitefish, Montana, woman who received a relentless barrage of antisemitic threats and messages from Anglin and his followers.

Virginia Judge Hands Down Life Sentence, Plus 419 Years, in Case of James Alex Fields Jr., Calls Attack An Act of 'Terror'

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 13:06
Judge Richard Moore imposed a sentence of 419 years plus life on James Alex Fields Jr., convicted of murder after the racist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.

Author of 'Emanuel Nine' church massacre book to speak at Civil Rights Memorial Center

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 09:10
As the prosecution made its closing argument, photos of the nine people that Dylann Roof had shot to death in a Charleston, South Carolina, church appeared on the screen in bloody, gruesome detail. 

SPLC: Holiday recognizing early Ku Klux Klan leader an insult to Tennessee residents

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 13:12
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has proclaimed Saturday as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in his state, honoring a Confederate general who became the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, a terrorist organization that targets African Americans.

Record of Suspect in Anti-LGBTQ Beating Reveals Previous Hate, Criminal Activity

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 09:42
Julian Austin Calfy, a suspect in the beating of a gay man, served five years of a 16-year sentence for terroristic threatening and criminal possession of explosive material, Hatewatch has learned.

Weekend Read: Jim Crow’s fingerprints are on Florida’s new voting law

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 07:14
Voting is not a privilege but a right that is essential for a healthy, well-functioning democracy.

Manuel Duran, journalist who reported on ICE, freed from detention

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 14:18
Manuel Duran, an investigative journalist who was detained after reporting on the collusion between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement in Memphis, Tennessee, was released today from ICE detention and will be reunited with his fiancée.

SPLC statement on White House social media summit

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 18:31
The Trump administration’s social media summit today is a gathering of groups and individuals who have no business at the White House.

SPLC urges HUD to drop plan that would cut housing assistance for ‘mixed-status’ immigrant families

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 09:08
The SPLC urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today to withdraw a proposal that would eliminate housing assistance for low-income families that include both documented and undocumented immigrants.